Antique hand blown English cup or small mug made from opalescent milk glass cased with peach-colored glass and decorated with hand painted flowers from the 1860 to 1890 period (possibly Stourbridge). This little mug has several fine features. The applied strap handle has 18 ribs that expand and get larger toward the lower end where they are accented with gold. The lower handle terminal expands into a cyst with pointed edges that glow a fiery opalescence when light hits them just right. The squat ovoid shape of this cup is reminiscent of much older cups and mugs from medieval times to the 1600s. But this cup is not that old and instead dates from the middle Victorian period (c1860 to 1890). The base was formed by dipping a gather of glass in a shallow dip mold to create a low pedestal base. The bottom of the base shows evidence of being hand blown and then placed on a marver while the handle was attached. The mouth of the cup has been ground and polished along with each side of the rim so that the result is a gently beveled drinking edge with no sharp edges.
The cup is decorated with hand painted leaves, branches and blossoms in enamel colors that further complement the peach-colored interior. The applied enamel colors are subtle and include two shades of brown (light brown and a darker caramel brown), gray, black, two shades of reddish pink, and a clean opaque yellow. The handle has gold in the flutes between the ribs along the expanded cyst that forms the lower terminal attachment. The end result of the two colors of translucent glass along with the hand painted decoration and the simple hand blown shape make this cup both attractive and visually appealing.
There is no maker's name on the base of this cup and which is typical for many English and American cased glass producers in the mid to late 1800s. The painting is similar to some of the work at Stourbridge while the peach colored glass seems to foreshadow a shade of the Burmese glass developed by Thomas Webb & Sons (Burmese glass is lighter colored and varies in intensity). American factories, such as the Mt. Washington Glass Company also produced similar peach tinted cased glass. The last two photos show an antique German milch glas (milk glass) mug with hand painted scene from about 1765 (German cup is not for sale at this time) next to the peach-cased glass cup for comparison only. The handle on the German mug has a folded lower terminal which is also typical of English and Bohemian glass handles in the 1700s.
The peach glass cup shows the shift in English and American glass handle shapes after 1860. You are only purchasing the peach cased cup shown alone in the first seven photos (the German 'milch glas' cup is not for sale at this time). As such, this peach cased mug for sale here is assured to capture attention and interest in most any setting. And as always, this peach-cased milk also comes with a full satisfaction guarantee or return it for a refund (see return policy below for full details, certain shipping costs & fees are nonrefundable).
SIZE: This cup stands 3 1/4 inches tall and has a rim diameter of 2 3/8 inches across. It has a maximum lower belly diameter of 2 7/8 inches. The cup sits on a small round pedestal base that is about 2 inches across. The cup is the perfect size for displaying on a shelf, out in the open or among antique glassware in a china cabinet or hutch.
CONDITION: This glass cup has no chips, cracks, hairlines, star cracks, stains, major scratches, repairs or restorations. There are also no production flaws and the only effects of some 140 years of use and display is appropriate wear on the base, minor loss of some of the gold gilding and the loss of just a few small 1/16 inch parts of the pencil thin black enamel stems. Consequently, the hand painted decoration is more than 99.5% intact and a better cased peach glass cup would be hard to find today without paying a lot more than what is offered here.
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